Jason Miklian

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Academic interests

  • The "Business for Peace" paradigm in conflict-affected and fragile states
  • Business engagement in development policy
  • Development theory

Miklian's primary topic of study is of the role of businesses as peacebuilders, specifically the 'Business for Peace' paradigm of business engagements in global peacebuilding and development activities in conflict-affected and fragile states. This thematic interest explores the arenas where conflict, governance and commerce meet, studying how demands for natural resources (such as iron, diamonds, and rare earth elements) and market access by international consumer goods firms can influence how business, governance and violent conflict intersect in fragile countries and how these production chains are traced around the world. 

Miklian's regional focus includes field study in Colombia, the Philippines, and at the United Nations, among other areas. Miklian also has significant previous regional experience in South Asian conflict resolution and regional security, with publications on media and foreign policy in Nepal, the Maoist insurgency in India, political ecologies of war and conflict diamonds in support. 


Miklian holds a PhD in Development Studies from NMBU (Norway) and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Miklian has conducted extensive fieldwork in South Asia, Latin America and Africa since 2005, with over one dozen medium or long-term fieldwork visits, leading projects with international partnerships and institutional collaborations. In addition to extensive publication on the above topics, Miklian has written for or been cited in an expert capacity by the New York Times, the BBC, The Economist, Agence France-Presse, Foreign Policy, France 24, The Guardian (UK), NRK (Norway), The Hindu (India) and National Public Radio (USA) among various media outlets.

Positions held

  • Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo, 2012-present
  • Visiting Fellow, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 2016-2017
Tags: Business and Governance, Business and Global Environmental Politics, India, Colombia, Natural Resource Management, Peacebuilding, Peace and conflict studies, CSR


  • Barkemeyer, Ralf & Miklian, Jason (2019). Responsible Business in Fragile Contexts: Comparing Perceptions from Domestic and Foreign Firms in Myanmar. Sustainability.  ISSN 2071-1050.  11(3), s 598 . doi: 10.3390/su11030598
  • Bull, Benedicte & Miklian, Jason (2019). Towards Global Business Engagement with Development Goals? Multilateral Institutions and the SDGs in a Changing Global Capitalism. Business and Politics.  ISSN 1369-5258.  21(4), s 1- 18
  • Bull, Benedicte & Miklian, Jason (2019). Towards global business engagement with development goals? Multilateral institutions and the SDGs in a changing global capitalism. Business and Politics.  ISSN 1369-5258. . doi: 10.1017/bap.2019.27
  • Katsos, John & Miklian, Jason (2019). Overcoming Tech Exceptionalism: How to Improve Societal Impact by Technology Firms in Fragile and Conflict Settings. Global Policy.  ISSN 1758-5880.  10(1)
  • Miklian, Jason (2019). Contextualising and theorising economic development, local business and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Conflict, Security and Development.  ISSN 1467-8802.  19(1), s 55- 78 . doi: 10.1080/14678802.2019.1561624
  • Miklian, Jason (2019). The Role of Business in Sustainable Development and Peacebuilding: Observing Interaction Effects. Business and Politics.  ISSN 1369-5258.  21(4)
  • Miklian, Jason & Schouten, Peer (2019). Broadening ‘business’, widening ‘peace’: a new research agenda on business and peace-building. Conflict, Security and Development.  ISSN 1467-8802.  19(1), s 1- 13 . doi: 10.1080/14678802.2019.1561612
  • Miklian, Jason (2018). Mapping Business–Peace Interactions: Opportunities and Recommendations. Business, Peace and Sustainable Development.  ISSN 2059-1586.  10(1), s 3- 27
  • Miklian, Jason & Medina Bickel, Juan Pablo (2018). Theorizing Business and Local Peacebuilding Through the “Footprints of Peace” Coffee Project in Rural Colombia. Business & Society.  ISSN 0007-6503. . doi: 10.1177/0007650317749441 Show summary
  • Schouten, Peer & Miklian, Jason (2018). The business–peace nexus: 'business for peace' and the reconfiguration of the public/private divide in global governance. Journal of International Relations and Development.  ISSN 1408-6980. . doi: 10.1057/s41268-018-0144-2
  • Hoelscher, Kristian; Miklian, Jason & Nygård, Håvard Mokleiv (2017). Conflict, Peacekeeping, and Humanitarian Security: Understanding Violent Attacks Against Aid Workers. International Peacekeeping.  ISSN 1353-3312.  24(4), s 538- 565 . doi: 10.1080/13533312.2017.1321958
  • Miklian, Jason (2017). The Dark Side of New Business: Local Development and Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar. Harvard International Review.  ISSN 0739-1854.  38(4), s 66- 72 Show summary
  • Miklian, Jason & Hoelscher, Kristian (2017). A new research approach for Peace Innovation. Innovation and Development.  ISSN 2157-930X.  8(2), s 189- 207 . doi: 10.1080/2157930X.2017.1349580 Show summary
  • Miklian, Jason & Hoelscher, Kristian (2017). Smart Cities, Mobile Technologies and Social Cohesion in India. Indian Journal of Human Development.  ISSN 0973-7030.  11(1), s 1- 16 Show summary
  • Miklian, Jason & Upadhyaya, Anjoo (2017). Does international aid help women peacebuilders in Nepal?, In Åshild Kolås (ed.),  Women, Peace and Security in Nepal: From Civil War to Post-Conflict Reconstruction.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138067349.  Chapter 5.  s 85 - 110
  • Oetzel, Jennifer & Miklian, Jason (2017). Multinational enterprises, risk management, and the business and economics of peace. Multinational Business Review.  ISSN 1525-383X.  25(4), s 270- 286 . doi: 10.1108/MBR-09-2017-0064 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Gilboa, Eytan; Jumbert, Maria Gabrielsen; Miklian, Jason & Robinson, Piers (2016). Moving media and conflict studies beyond the CNN effect. Review of International Studies.  ISSN 0260-2105.  42(4), s 654- 672 . doi: 10.1017/S026021051600005X Show summary
  • Miklian, Jason & Birkvad, Ida Roland (2016). Religion, poverty and conflict in a garbage slum of Ahmedabad. International Area Studies Review.  ISSN 2233-8659.  19(1), s 60- 75 . doi: 10.1177/2233865916631925 Show summary
  • Hoelscher, Kristian & Miklian, Jason (2016). A Blueprint for Pro-Peace Innovation. Harvard International Review.  ISSN 0739-1854.  37(4)
  • Miklian, Jason & Schouten, Peer (2016). From Boardrooms to Battlefields: 5 New Ways That Businesses Claim to Build Peace. Harvard International Review.  ISSN 0739-1854.  37(2), s 1- 4
  • Miklian, Jason & Rane, Sangeeta (2015). India's Dangerous Digital Curfews. Foreign policy.  ISSN 0015-7228.  2015(12)
  • Miklian, Jason (2014). The Past, Present and Future of the 'Liberal Peace'. Strategic Analysis.  ISSN 0970-0161.  38(4), s 493- 507 . doi: 10.1080/09700161.2014.918426
  • Miklian, Jason & Hoelscher, Kristian (2014). A Tale of New Cities. Harvard International Review.  ISSN 0739-1854.  36(1), s 13- 18 Show summary
  • Hoelscher, Kristian & Miklian, Jason (2013). The violence of migration from Bangladesh to India, In Jason Miklian & Åshild Kolås (ed.),  India's Human Security: Lost Debates, Forgotten People, Intractable Challenges.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0415830683.  chapter 7.
  • Kolås, Åshild & Miklian, Jason (2013). Facing the future: Responding to human security in India, In Jason Miklian & Åshild Kolås (ed.),  India's Human Security: Lost Debates, Forgotten People, Intractable Challenges.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0415830683.  Chapter 14.
  • Kolås, Åshild & Miklian, Jason (2013). Introduction, In Jason Miklian & Åshild Kolås (ed.),  India's Human Security: Lost Debates, Forgotten People, Intractable Challenges.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0415830683.  Chapter 1.
  • Miklian, Jason (2013). Hot Rods. Foreign policy.  ISSN 0015-7228.
  • Miklian, Jason (2013). Rough Cut. Foreign policy.  ISSN 0015-7228.
  • Miklian, Jason & Schouten, Peer (2013). Fluid Markets. Foreign policy.  ISSN 0015-7228.  44(5)
  • Miklian, Jason Troy & Carney, Scott (2013). Corruption, Justice and Violence in Democratic India. SAIS Review.  ISSN 0036-0775.  33(1), s 37- 49 . doi: 10.1353/sais.2013.0011 Show summary
  • Hoelscher, Kristian; Miklian, Jason & Vadlamannati, Krishna Chaitanya (2012). Hearts and mines: A district-level analysis of the Maoist conflcit in India. International Area Studies Review.  ISSN 2233-8659.  15(2), s 141- 160
  • Miklian, Jason (2012). The Political Ecology of War in Maoist India. Politics, Religion & Ideology.  ISSN 2156-7689.  13(4), s 561- 576
  • Miklian, Jason & Roecker, Scott (2012). Fire in the Sky. Foreign policy.  ISSN 0015-7228.
  • Kolås, Åshild; Miklian, Jason & Liden, Kristoffer (2011). The Perils of ‘Going Local’: Liberal Peace-building Agendas in Nepal. Conflict, Security and Development.  ISSN 1467-8802.  11(3), s 285- 308 . doi: 10.1080/14678802.2011.593809
  • Miklian, Jason (2011). I Was a Rare Earths Day Trader. Foreign policy.  ISSN 0015-7228.
  • Miklian, Jason (2011). Revolutionary Conflict in Federations: The Indian Case. Conflict, Security and Development.  ISSN 1467-8802.  11(1), s 25- 53 . doi: 10.1080/14678802.2011.552246
  • Miklian, Jason; Hoelscher, Kristian & Carney, Scott (2011). Fortress India. Foreign policy.  ISSN 0015-7228.

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  • Miklian, Jason; Katsos, John & Alluri, Rina (ed.) (2019). Business, Peace and Development: Beyond the UN SDGs. Routledge.  ISBN 9780367175030.  265 s.
  • Miklian, Jason & Kolås, Åshild (ed.) (2013). India's Human Security: Lost Debates, Forgotten People, Intractable Challenges. Routledge.  ISBN 978-0415830683.  256 s.

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  • Bull, Benedicte & Miklian, Jason (2019). China's conflict with the NBA shows why companies can't force social change by themselves. The Washington Post.
  • Miklian, Jason; Katsos, John & Alluri, Rina (2019). What's Old is New Again: Bridging Business and Peacebuilding from the 17th to the 21st Century, In Jason Miklian; John Katsos & Rina Alluri (ed.),  Business, Peace and Development: Beyond the UN SDGs.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780367175030.  1.  s 5 - 23
  • Miklian, Jason & Rettberg, Angelika (2019). Estrategias empresariales para apoyar la construcción de paz en Colombia.
  • Miklian, Jason & Rettberg, Angelika (2019). From War-Torn to Peace-Torn? Mapping Business Strategies in Transition from Conflict to Peace in Colombia, In Jason Miklian; John Katsos & Rina Alluri (ed.),  Business, Peace and Development: Beyond the UN SDGs.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780367175030.  7.  s 145 - 168
  • Miller, Ben; Cechvala, Sarah; Ganson, Brian & Miklian, Jason (2019). A Seat at the Table: Capacities and Limitations of Private Sector Peacebuilding.
  • Rettberg, Angelika; Medina, Daniel & Miklian, Jason (2019). Corporate Strategies to Assist Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Colombia.
  • Rettberg, Angelika; Medina, Daniel & Miklian, Jason (2019). Corporate Strategies to Assist Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Colombia - Full Report.
  • Kolås, Åshild; Sinha, Uttam Kumar; Miklian, Jason; Beri, Ruchita; Jacobsen, Elida K. U.; Kazi, Reshmi; Upadhyaya, Priyankar; Nayan, Rajiv; Upadhyaya, Anjoo Sharan & Birkvad, Ida Roland (2018). India in the World: Emerging Perspectives on Global Challenges. PRIO Report. 2018.
  • Miklian, Jason; Horst, Cindy; Rolandsen, Øystein H. & Schouten, Peer (2018). Business and Peacebuilding: Seven Ways to Maximize Positive Impact. PRIO Report. 2018.
  • Miklian, Jason & Oetzel, Jennifer (2018). Here’s why #BoycottTheNRA worked so quickly. The Washington Post.
  • Hoelscher, Kristian & Miklian, Jason (2017). Can Innovators be Peacebuilders? A Peace Innovation Action Plan. Global Policy.  ISSN 1758-5880.
  • Hoelscher, Kristian; Nygård, Håvard Mokleiv & Miklian, Jason (2017). Information technology can help build peace. This is how.. Washington Post.
  • Miklian, Jason (2017). The Future of Business, Peace and Human Rights in the Donald Trump Era. Global Policy.  ISSN 1758-5880.  8(1) Show summary
  • Miklian, Jason & Banik, Dan (2017). New Business: The Private Sector as a New Global Development Player. Global Policy.  ISSN 1758-5880.
  • Miklian, Jason (2016). How Businesses Can Be Effective Local Peacebuilders – Evidence from Colombia. PRIO Policy Brief. 27.
  • Miklian, Jason & Hoelscher, Kristian (2016). En beretning om fremtidens byer. Ny Tid.  ISSN 0809-9049.
  • Miklian, Jason; Hoelscher, Kristian & Nygård, Håvard Mokleiv (2016). What makes a country dangerous for aid workers?. The Guardian.  ISSN 0261-3077.
  • Miklian, Jason & Medina Bickel, Juan Pablo (2016). ¿Cómo pueden las empresas ser constructoras de paz efectivas a nivel local? Evidencia de Colombia. PRIO Policy Brief. 27.
  • Miklian, Jason & Sahoo, Niranjan (2016). Supporting a More Inclusive and Responsive Urban India. PRIO Policy Brief. 3.
  • Mishra, Atul & Miklian, Jason (2016). The evolving domestic drivers of Indian foreign policy. NOREF. 1.
  • Sharma, Devika & Miklian, Jason (2016). India’s global foreign policy engagements – a new paradigm?. NOREF Report. 4.
  • Vivekanandan, Jayashree & Miklian, Jason (2016). Bringing the region back in? Deciphering India’s engagement with South Asia. NOREF Report. 3.
  • Miklian, Jason & Hoelscher, Kristian (2016). A Blueprint for Pro-Peace Innovation. PRIO Policy Brief. 25.
  • Hoelscher, Kristian; Miklian, Jason & Nygård, Håvard Mokleiv (2015). Understanding Attacks on Humanitarian Aid Workers. Conflict Trends. 6.
  • Miklian, Jason (2013). Beyond resource wars: scarcity, environmental degradation and international cooperation. Journal of Peace Research.  ISSN 0022-3433.  50(4), s 534- 534
  • Miklian, Jason (2013). Exposing and Limiting the Global Trade in Conflict Diamonds.
  • Miklian, Jason (2013). How to Look Good in a War: Justifying and Challenging State Violence. Journal of Peace Research.  ISSN 0022-3433.  50(3), s 431- 431
  • Miklian, Jason (2013). Humanitarian business. Journal of Peace Research.  ISSN 0022-3433.  50(4), s 538- 539
  • Miklian, Jason (2013). Twitter. Journal of Peace Research.  ISSN 0022-3433.  50(3), s 430- 430

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